AMD’s 5600 XT Debacle – A Post Mortem of Arguably the Worst Launch in PC history.

For the test platform, we went with the Intel 8700K on the Asus Maximus X Formula with Corsair Vengeance running at 3200MHz CL 15. We are running a Thermaltake Triple Radiator cooling solution on the CPU to make sure we don’t get any throttling on the CPU. The operating system is Windows 10 Pro X64, with updates disabled. We make three runs at each test, then average those three runs and report the results here. If we hit a run that we consider being far away from the norm, we dismiss that result and run the 4th test. The 8700K has been delidded, and liquid metal applied to be sure we get as low of temps as possible to ensure we do not have any thermal throttling issues.

Test Rig
Case TypeDimastech Easy-XL
CPUIntel Core i7 8700K (Amazon)
MotherboardASUS Maximus X Formula (Amazon)
RAM32GB (4x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LED 3200MHz C15 (Amazon)
CPU CoolerThermaltake Floe Riing 360 (Amazon)
Hard DrivesSamsung 960 EVO 512GB M.2 2280 NVMe (Amazon)

Samsung 860 EVO 4TB SATA (Amazon)

OpticalLG BD-RW BH16NS40
GPURadeon RX 5700 XT

Radeon RX 5700

Radeon RX 5600 XT

Radeon RX 5500 XT

Nvidia TITAN RTX

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660

Nvidia TITAN V

Nvidia TITAN Xp Collectors Edition (Galactic Empire)

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Sounders Edition

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB

MonitorASUS PG27AQ 4K 60Hz GSYNC (Amazon)
Case Fans1 x 140mm Mosfet / CPU / RAM cooling fan
1 x 140mm PCI-E Cooling Fan
Docking StationsNone
Testing PSUThermaltake XT 1475W Gold (Amazon)
LegacyNone
MouseLogitech G502 (Amazon)
KeyboardLogitech Pro eSPORTS Keyboard (Amazon)

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Do note that there are three 5600 XT results and this includes the initial testing listed as “RX 5600 XT”, then you will see the first step which is post-Bios flash labeled “RX 5600 XT (New VBIOS)”, and finally “RX 5600 XT (NB-Mem OC-PL Max). The “New VBios” versions are default with new VBIOS applied, whereas the “NB-Mem OC-PL Max” is the new VBios with memory set at 14,880 MHz and the power limit slider set to +20. This is to show how the card scales initially when the BIOS flash is in place and also with memory pushed to the limit we found during the initial review, which is still present in the new VBios.

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